After entering this week’s Rogers Cup as the No. 3, Agnieska Radwanska had high expectations in Toronto and despite not reaching the final round, the 24-year-old certainly had a great showing this week.
On Saturday evening, she did what no one else had done this week and that was given Serena Williams a serious run for her money, taking her to the distance in both sets. With that said, it appears as if Serena has become Radwanska’s Achilles’ heel so to speak as she fell to Serena in last month’s Wimbledon final.
Despite the loss at the All-England Club, Radwanska certainly doesn’t have much to complain about considering how well her 2013 has gone thus far having made the quarter-finals in both the Australian Open and the French Open.
What I’ve enjoyed about watching Radwanska this week is her ability to move back and forth so swiftly that it’s such a challenge for opponents, even those as powerful as the aforementioned Serena Williams, to score points against her.
While luck wasn’t on her side tonight, Radwanska’s strong leg movement makes her a viable threat in any tournament, Grand Slam or not.
In addition, the 24-year-old’s calm demeanor makes a very likeable candidate to win a match, especially tonight against a less popular figure like Serena.
Agnieska Radwanska is still very young and has made quite the name for herself winning 12 WTA titles thus far and two in the doubles draw.
She’s a thrill to watch on the court but Radwanska’s courage off the court is certainly noteworthy as well given her decision to appear in ESPN’s body issue this year joining the likes of, among others, Joffrey Lupul of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
She may be heading home empty-handed but I have certainly a rapid maturation in Radwanska’s game and, sooner or later, we will be seeing her seriously contending for a Grand Slam.